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DATE: October 25, 2013
“What we’re looking at today is 2,197 acres of pure Port power. The push is on in Broward County. Our delegation, business representatives, and lobbyists drove home the message that we need to move this project forward to create jobs and prepare Port Everglades for the future. It was a collaborative effort focusing on what’s best for Broward County, the region and South Florida and together we got the job done,” said Commissioner Chip LaMarca, who met with lawmakers during the 2013 Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Washington DC Summit to focus on port issues earlier this month.
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Broward County Commission
BROWARD COUNTY, FLA - Broward County Commissioners joined federal and state lawmakers today to laud the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of H.R. 3080, The Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA). This legislation will authorize Broward County to pre-fund the preliminary activities necessary to widen and deepen Port Everglades with federal reimbursement, pending Congressional authorization, at a later date.
The dredging and widening of Port Everglades channels will provide accommodations for bigger cargo and passenger ships, in particular the giant vessels that will be able to pass through the newly expanded Panama Canal in 2015.
“We are on an epic journey. It has been an Olympic effort, but we can finally see the finish line,” noted Broward Commissioner Tim Ryan at a news conference today. “This is not just important to us, but to the whole country. That’s why the House of Representatives approved it. You have Broward County’s commitment to keep this project going.”
"This has been a long time coming. The Broward County Commission is committed to Port Everglades and we will successfully complete this project with the continued dedication and bi-partisan support that has made this possible," noted Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief.
“Since time is always of the essence, all levels of government and the private sector made sure the Congressional clock did not run out for this vitally important port economic project. I could not be more proud of our efforts,” said Commissioner Sue Gunzburger.
Congresswomen Lois Frankel, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, Mario Diaz Balart and Frederica Wilson were among the nation’s lawmakers pushing for passage of the amended WRRDA bill.
“This was a bi-partisan effort. We are in a race for the 2015 Panama Canal business and we need to be ready. We want the jobs to go forward in South Florida. Not only does this legislation support the Port, it also provides for four Everglades restoration projects as well,” said Congresswoman Frankel.
“Dredging needs to maximize job creation. When people work, they shop, buy cars, invest and pay taxes. Investing in this Port allows jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Congresswoman Frederica Wilson.
The Port Everglades expansion is expected to create a total of more than 7,000 direct jobs and more than 135,000 jobs around the state of Florida.
Caption: (Left to Right:) Broward Commissioners Sue Gunzburger, Tim Ryan, Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Congresswoman Lois Frankel, Commissioner Chip LaMarca. (In back:) Port Everglades CEO Steve Cernak, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance CEO Bob Swindell